Fort Foote Civil War Ruins

EASY 5 reviews
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Fort Foote Civil War Ruins is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Washington, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.7 miles 255 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


Civil war bunkers, cannons, building and views! The perfect Civil war park without the crowds. Plenty of huge cannons to defend Washington on the Potomac river entry. Lots of cannon emplacements, interpretive signs, and real civil war bunkers! The ammo dump is currently off limits. There are great water views with a building by the water, and a short half mile hike to a view of the bridge crossing to Alexandria. This park is definitely a hidden jewel.

2 months ago

not so fun

3 months ago

Peaceful but lots of trash

7 months ago

3 years ago

Ruins are fun to explore. This park feels somewhat forgotten, and there were many elements about it that seemed rather creepy.

There are a lot of barely-used trails here so, despite its small size, there's a lot of potential to explore.

Great views of DC and VA.

Easy hike for children, though perhaps best to avoid some of the more overgrown areas.

The Potomac washes up a lot of trash on the beach, which can be either sad or interesting, depending on your mindset.

5 years ago

5 stars for the great civil war ruins and cannons!